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What I Really Want to Do on Set in Hollywood: A Guide to Real Jobs in the Film Industry Paperback – May 27, 2008

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About the Author

Brian Dzyak, a freelance cameraman, has worked on We Are Marshall, Evan Almighty, and many other films, along with West Wing and other TV shows. He lives in Los Angeles.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Lone Eagle (May 27, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823099539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823099535
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #439,050 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 'credits track' of some movies can run almost ten minutes become of the dozens (and sometimes hundreds) of people it takes to make a modern film. "What I Really Want to Do on Set in Hollywood: A Guide to Real Jobs in the Film Industry" is a guide to jobs outside the known one such as actor, director, producer. Covering the countless jobs you tend to only hear about at the end of movie credits, it offers in depth descriptions and advice on finding the job that may be the right one for the reader. "What I Really Want to Do on Set in Hollywood" is a unique guide to making one's way in Hollywood.
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Wow! If you're really interested in the movie business then this book is fantastic! Forget the glamour and the stars, Brian Dzyak explains in easy to understand language what really happens on a movie set and simply explains what each of the positions (and there are a lot of them) are that make up the well-oiled machine that is the movie crew.

The author answers practical questions such as "Do I have to move to L.A.?" and "How do I meet the right people in the business?" and then goes on to describe the various jobs on the set: costumes, director and their unit, the camera department, grips, the electric dept., sound, special effects, sets and props, publicity, makeup and hair, and how all of the jobs works together to make a great movie.

Highly recommended for people who are interested in getting into the movie business or are curious about how movies get made.
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I am in the process of a career change to Hollywood. I was all set to pay $15,000 for a college degree, but after reading this book, I realized that what I wanted in a school was a big mistake. Thank goodness I was given this book as a Christmas present. This book created a clear picture for me and I was able to understand what I really want to do on set.
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Up until recently, the only answer I had to the question "What (do) I Really Want to do on Set in Hollywood?" was, of course, be a porn star. Alas, the phone has yet to ring.

But when I found myself inadvertently thrust into the uber-intimidating world of being on camera (in my case, TV), I needed a rapid fire education and picked up a copy of this book. I was expecting - hoping, at least - to get a nice glossary-o-lingo, a few insider tips, etc. but what I got was so much more --- a glimpse inside an intriguing career world I'd never imagined.

Brian Dzyak is a first-rate writer with insight not just into the film industry, but into the far bigger issues of career building and lifestyle satisfaction.

(BTW, I'm still interested in that porn career, if anyone On Set in Hollywood is hiring.)

-Jeff Yeager
Author, The Ultimate Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches
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I use for my film school classes. Its so explicit on a life career or an hour per hour job description and expectations from you and the rest of the crew that soon will be reference for making contracts. Brian has spent enough hours on set to distillate drop by drop every position possible on film making pyramids.
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As someone who works in a less well-known job in film production, I opened "What I Really Want to Do On Set in Hollywood" prepared not to find my job listed at all, or at least to find just a cursory mention. Instead, there was an entire chapter on my profession, and the author's description of the job was remarkably accurate. As I read more, I was immensely impressed with the degree of detail and helpful insider information that this book offers on every on-set job. It even includes a very new job category on a feature film set - the DIT.

"What I Really Want to Do On Set in Hollywood" is not only an excellent inside look at what film and television production is really like and what it takes to succeed, but it's a lot of fun to read. I highly recommended this book to anyone who's interested in getting into production, and even for those in production who, after twenty years, are still not clear on what others on the set actually do all day.
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I just bought this book on Monday and have already make a few contacts! I am one of those "transplants"living in L.A. knowing I really want to work in film, but not sure what area. This book is amazing!I helped me figure it out. It breaks down all the different departments and gives you guides as to what you need to work in each of them. It doesn't candy-coat anything. It's very straight forward and written really well.Save yourself tons of money, get the book and start your career!
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I purchased this book to better understand the business end of the film-making industry. I like the ideal schedules on each job, what each job's criteria are and lets the reader find what he/she are getting into if you want to be industry.

It's a good idea to learn what you're getting into and find out for sure if this job experience is for you.
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